Spring 2021 Fellowship

Yale Cohort

Jessica McCurdy

Fellowship Facilitator

Jessica is from the rural town of Fort McCoy Fl. After being overwhelmed by the many good charitable and social causes she adopted Effective Altruism as a methodology for making the biggest positive impact.

Braden Wong

Fellowship Facilitator

Braden is a first year hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. A prospective Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Computer Science major, he is drawn to the ethical questions and economic implications of artificial intelligence. Through EA, he hopes to explore responsible applications of AI in education, technology, and economic development.

Alexa Pan

Fellowship Facilitator

Alexa is a first-year best expressed in conjunctions: China and Singapore, Physics and Philosophy, Rock and Roll. She will find her place in the world through a problem most worth solving, and now continues the quest with Effective Altruism. Inspired by Nick Bostrom's "philosophy with a deadline", she has enjoyed examining AI safety through epistemology and ethics; at YEA, she hopes to explore different issues and tools of reasoning in greater depth.

Matt Song

Fellowship Facilitator

Matt is a sophomore from Shanghai currently on a leave of absence. He is interested in politics, technology, literature, and philosophy, but knows very little about what he wants to do in the future. Currently he is working for the US Embassy in Skopje as well as trying to catch up on a rather long reading list. Matt hopes that the YEA Fellowship will give him skills and community to work toward doing the most good.

Francis is a first year master's student studying Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health at the Yale School of Public Health. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a dual major in Molecular Biology and Anthropology in 2018 and worked for 2 years in clinical research targeting at-risk populations before returning to school. He hopes through the fellowship to meet similarly motivated peers and gain a myriad of newfound perspectives that can inform and strengthen primary health care domestically and internationally.

Christian is from Los Angeles, CA and plans to major in Economics. He was introduced to EA through a podcast and has been inspired by the movement's values ever since. The cause areas that most interest him are climate change mitigation and A.I. safety.

Romero is currently a clinical fellow physician in the Department of Internal Medicine, specializing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Just prior to coming to Yale, Romero completed his Family Medicine residency training at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, CA, after having completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania (Economics major, Music minor), medical school at UT Southwestern, and his Masters of Public Health at UT Houston. Romero is ecstatic to be a part of Yale EA, as this will enable him to continue in his vocational calling of maximizing his contribution to society through collaboration with visionary and diverse individuals from disciplines inside and outside of his own.

I am from first year from South Korea, a prospective economics & statistics major. I am interested in examining the intersection of media and data science. I like to read, work out, listen to podcasts, and brew tea in my free time. Through the YEA fellowship, I hope I can concretize my views on altruism and my future career. I am willing to spread as much as good I can as a part of the EA community.

Nick is a sophomore in Pierson college from Sydney, Austraila. Majoring in English and Philosophy with a certificate in Mandarin, he is interested in deploying the structures of Effective Altruism in pursuing an academic interest in the humanities and professional interest in law.

Norman is a doctoral candidate in U.S. history. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, he studied History at Stanford (A.B.) and Yale (M.A. and M.Phil.). Now back in New Haven to finish his dissertation, he’s excited to study effective altruism with members of the YEA community and fellowship and to do more good, especially in the area of farm animal welfare.

Khalid is a Master of Advance Management candidate at Yale School of Management. Prior to Yale he worked as a strategy professional at The Coca-Cola Company where he led channel strategy projects and performance management for 6 regions in Nigeria. He joined the MAM programme to shift gears to pursue a path that is more aligned to the intersection of business and economic development. He believes strongly in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation as a driving force for economic prosperity, especially in the African continent. Khalid joins Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship hoping to meet people with like minds.

Avrohom is a Global Affairs major from Brooklyn, New York. Though his interest are vast, he is particularly fascinated with space exploration, political strategy, and philosophy. He hopes to use this fellowship to help guide him in maximizing the good he can do throughout his life.

Shi Wen is a sophomore from sunny Singapore studying Economics & Mathematics and English. She is passionate about using quantitative methods and development economics to tackle rural poverty in Southeast Asia. As an active member of her local church (and church choir, before Covid!) she is excited to connect her experiences in YEA with her spiritual convictions and calling.

Yihui is a 2nd year graduate student at the School of Public Health, specializing in Environmental Health Sciences. She finished her bachelor degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Economics at Renmin University of China in 2019. She is broadly interested in climate change and health, education, sustainable food system, health education and AI-aided clinical diagnostics, and she has previously worked in several international NGOs in the environmental and public health fields. She is excited to learn more how to maximize those good impacts and also eager to learn more good global causes through YEA.

Alex is an Economics and History double-major from Paris, France, currently taking a leave of absence from online classes between his junior and senior year. He is interested in how the concepts of Effective Altruism could shape national foreign aid strategies, as well as how big data and the internet of things will affect how wealth is redistributed.

Shayna is an English major from Nashville, Tennessee on a leave of absence between her junior and senior year. She hopes to use the Effective Altruism framework to guide her pursuit of journalism. She is particularly interested in questions of wealth redistribution, applied ethics, and holding institutions accountable.

Kennedy is a sophomore from Nairobi majoring in Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. He hopes to apply the different frameworks and methods learnt through the Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship in his quest to make mental health and wellness accessible to marginalized and neglected communities especially in low-income African countries.

Ariktha is a  second-year grad student studying Public Health at Yale. She is interested in using her training in Biotechnology and Public Health, via the Effective Altruism platform, to affect positive change to the health of people across the world, and is currently working on SARS CoV-2 as part of that effort.

Bella is a junior in Timothy Dwight College from Nanjing, China majoring in Cognitive Science and Statistics & Data Science. She’s excited to evaluate problems and approaches with structured frameworks through the Yale Effective Altruism Fellowship program, and hopes to explore different issues with like-minded people. She enjoys technology, entrepreneurship, social initiatives, and philosophy, and loves seeing how data and social psychology plays into societal trends. In her free time, she loves tennis, dancing, doing light design, and watching old movies.

Noah is a 1st Year Masters of Divinity student at Yale Divinity School remotely studying at home in Honolulu, Hawai’i. A native of South Central Los Angeles, he wishes to become a pastor and a chiropractor that utilizes prayer to one day provide support via holistic care in marginalized and de-spirited communities. Currently he is mentoring youth in tai chi and spiritual leadership. He recently graduated from Whittier College in 2020 with a Bachelors in Religious Studies and a minor in Holistic Care. He believes that  anything is possible through this path we call life through God and wishes to use the YEA fellowship to help do more good in the communities he is a part of.

Darwin is a sophomore from the Boston area studying computer science. He hopes to use the principles behind EA and experiences from the fellowship to help shape his career path in the "tech-for-good" space. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and just hanging out with friends.

Prastik is a rising sophomore in Grace Hopper College hailing from the New Haven, CT area, and is intending to study Economics and Political Science. He is extremely excited to engage as a Fellow with the Effective Altruism community at Yale, to serve his personal mission of maximizing his social impact on his local and global community. Outside of the Fellowship, he hopes to continue spending time with his friends and family, exploring new languages, and binge-watching TV shows whenever he gets the chance.

Elen is a first-year MA student at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Before Yale, she worked for several years as a researcher, diagnosing the social and political problems of backsliding democracies. She is ready to shift from identifying problems toward creating solutions for them, and is excited to explore Effective Altruism as a philosophy and guide for her own personal theory of change. Elen grew up between Yerevan, Armenia, and the southern United States, and loves to solve crossword puzzles, hike, and run long distances.

Georgetown Cohort

Jessica McCurdy

Fellowship Facilitator

Jessica is from the rural town of Fort McCoy Fl. After being overwhelmed by the many good charitable and social causes she adopted Effective Altruism as a methodology for making the biggest positive impact.

Braden Wong

Fellowship Facilitator

Braden is a first year hailing from the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. A prospective Ethics, Politics, & Economics and Computer Science major, he is drawn to the ethical questions and economic implications of artificial intelligence. Through EA, he hopes to explore responsible applications of AI in education, technology, and economic development.

Alexa Pan

Fellowship Facilitator

Alexa is a first-year best expressed in conjunctions: China and Singapore, Physics and Philosophy, Rock and Roll. She will find her place in the world through a problem most worth solving, and now continues the quest with Effective Altruism. Inspired by Nick Bostrom's "philosophy with a deadline", she has enjoyed examining AI safety through epistemology and ethics; at YEA, she hopes to explore different issues and tools of reasoning in greater depth.

Matt Song

Fellowship Facilitator

Matt is a sophomore from Shanghai currently on a leave of absence. He is interested in politics, technology, literature, and philosophy, but knows very little about what he wants to do in the future. Currently he is working for the US Embassy in Skopje as well as trying to catch up on a rather long reading list. Matt hopes that the YEA Fellowship will give him skills and community to work toward doing the most good.

Danny is sophomore in the SFS from NYC. He is majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs Major and currently on a gap year. He is also an aspiring polyglot with an interest in comparative religious and political systems, meditation, and travel food shows. He was first introduced to EA through extensive podcast listening during quar' on AI Safety, the future of automation, intelligence agencies, and behavioral economics.

Cassi Sullivan '21 is a marketing major and psychology minor at Georgetown University. She is excited to engage in conversations about altruism and the role kindness plays in our world. Cassi is especially interested in animal rights and conservation, but she hope to learn more about other issues in the world through EA.

Vikram is a senior in Georgetown University's SFS studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a minor in Biology. He is also a graduate student at Georgetown's Security Studies Program. Originally from San Jose, California, his main interests are in biosecurity issues, ranging from pandemic preparedness to emerging biotechnology to environmental security to bioethics. Vikram is excited for the Effective Altruism fellowship, and looks forward to learning how he can best leverage his interests to have a positive impact in the world!

Rana is a Junior at Georgetown University majoring in Global Health. She cannot decisively call one place home, however, some cities she holds dear to her are Omaha NE, Copenhagen, and Washington, DC. Rana loves learning new languages, some of them being Farsi, Tajiki, German and Spanish. Her issues of concern include transnational matters and health inequity. She is eager to be able to learn more about effective altruism in a critical setting. She is also excited to engage in diverse perspectives through the YEA Fellowship, and connect with individuals that are passionate about areas that differ from her own.

Kearney is a sophomore in Georgetown's Health Studies school majoring in Global Health with a minor in Disability Studies.  She is currently on a leave of absence pursuing her interest in neuropsychology as a research assistant for Georgetown's Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience.  Kearney hopes to gain insight from the EA fellowship to help her create altruistic impacts on humanity through discoveries in mental health and neuroscience.

Irene is currently a Master of Professionals Studies candidate at Georgetown University, where she is in her final year of studies in Emergency and Disaster Management. She is in the midst of writing her Capstone project on ethical decision making and “Go Fever”. Previously, Irene attended Boston College, where she majored in Biology with a minor in History as a pre-medical track student. Irene is a philosopher at heart and sees EA as an opportunity to engage with a dedicated and diverse group of individuals driven not by ego but by a common goal.

Jia Li is a Business major and Environmental Studies minor from the the Greater Seattle Area. She learned of Effective Altruism through Peter Singer's "The Most Good You Can Do" and is grateful to have the opportunity to explore EA at the beginning of her professional journey.

Amy is from Richmond, Virginia and is a graduate student studying disaster and emergency management at Georgetown University. She is currently a government consultant and an aspiring food photographer in her spare time. She is excited to join this fellowship program to learn how best to create positive impact in the world and to take those ideas and implement them in her everyday life.

Nicolo is an BS/MA joint-degree candidate at Georgetown University, where his studies focus on international environemental and energy security. He aspires to be a diplomat constructing a more peaceful and cooperative international community. Many of the conversations and ideas that come up in EA are key to undernstanding how states can best use resources to adress global inequities and the harms of climate change. Nicolo is from New York, and loves reading, Steven Universe, and walks in nature.

Ellen is from Evanston, Illinois. As a sophomore in the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University, she studies Global Health and is a member of the Justice & Peace Studies program. She hopes to use the skills and knowledge from these two fields in her aspiring career as a lawyer and is excited to integrate various effective altruistic ideas and concepts into this work.

James M. Farmer has lived his life exploring the world.  As a military dependent, his formative years were spent crawling through the historic areas of Europe, meeting and befriending people that were different than him.  He continued this journey and spent eight years as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy where his travels continued his education in such places as Israel, the Middle East, and Africa.  Whether it was volunteering for a UN Medical supply relief in war-torn Bosnia, or rebuilding a schoolhouse in Somalia, to James, humans of all colors and beliefs, were at the core of worthwhile endeavors.
After the service, James continued his desire to serve by going to college and obtaining his certification as an EMT, firefighter, and paramedic.  During this time, James created the MedicsHelpingMedics program, a donation-based service to assist in the financial, mentoring, and emotional support of EMS personnel.  While James enjoyed his time on the east coast, the time came to move back home to Saint Louis.  While there James continued to move up the chain, became an officer, and functioned in various roles in leadership.  Drawing on his experiences in the military where off-duty personnel would donate time and efforts voluntarily in the communities where they were, James helped to create a program of assistance for the most vulnerable of the patients his organization would routinely run on emergencies.  Children with disabilities, who’s parents were forced to quite jobs or sell their cars in order to take care of sick children were provided multiple routes of assistance from employment in local hospitals to tuition free education and retraining.  This program culminated with an end of year celebration with ambulances and fire trucks arriving filled with presents for the whole family and donated by members and area organizations.  At last count this program had over forty families assigned to this program.    
While highly successful in the manager role, James has always aspired to lead a group of paramedic instructors to train the future of compassionate care in the streets.  In 2008 this dream was realized and the training and education teams that he has led has produced paramedics that have started their own outreach program in places such as Chicago Fire Department, New South Wales Ambulance Service, San Francisco Fire Department, and Los Angeles County Fire.  
James continues to work in various extra roles throughout the Fire Service.  He currently sits on the advisory board for the Health Department’s Opioid task force, as well as serving as EMS Liaison for Homeland Security in the St. Louis Region.  His latest project is deterring youth violence by combining elements of two programs MAVRIC (Medics Against Violence Recognizing Individuals in Crisis) and DHS’ Teen CERT Program.  He is using this goal as the center of his capstone Thesis project at Georgetown.  His desire is to make this apart of mandatory education starting in urban schools
James has a BS in Health Care Administration from Lindenwood University and is currently a graduate student at Georgetown University studying Disaster and Emergency Management.  He is an avid reader, swimmer, and Star Trek fanatic.

Mallory is a Junior in the School of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Global Health. She calls Colorado Springs, Colorado home, but has had the chance to explore some new places this year due to the online nature of the semester. She is looking forward to seeing how she can most effectively collaborate to have a positive impact on the world and to connecting with other like-minded individuals!

Yale Effective Altruism

Anna Snyder is a junior from Alabama studying Government and Theology. She is interested in politics, public policy, and economics. In her free time, she enjoys running, tennis, and travel. She is hoping to learn about how EA can apply to religious altruism and policymaking.

Aaron is a junior from Bethesda, MD studying economics and math with a minor in philosophy and is very excited to help to start up an EA community at Georgetown. He is interested in public policy research and is passionate about reducing animal suffering. An avid rock climber and member of the Georgetown club climbing team, he also enjoys blogging, learning to program, and listening to too many audiobooks and podcasts.

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